So after seeing all the cool blogs that some freelance friends of mine have, I had to finally break down and start a blog. It’ll basically update everyone on whatever project I’m working on at the time, and showcase some of my work in a step-by-step way that’s easier to view than my business’s website ( I also hope to post helpful articles and links that I think my fellow artists will find useful, and any cool art or animation-related things I discover. There aren’t too many images yet, so in the meantime, you can visit my business website and check out my portfolio.

So to start it off, here’s what I’m working on today.

I take classes online from the Art Institute, in Media Arts and Animation. I hope to use my skills to either do freelance Flash 2D animation, or head toward the Disney Studios once my portfolio is strong enough to submit. That’s been my dream since I first saw “The Little Mermaid” and tried to pause the frames to draw them (odd thing for a child to do, but I think that’s what tipped off my parents that I’d most likely go into animation, haha!). However, my skills are sorely lacking in the whole 3D area, which most US studios have converted to. I find it tough to wrap my mind around the complicated programs, when I could so quickly draw the same thing on paper. But I’ve really been pushing myself to learn, and in my current class we have to sculpt a 3D head.

My character is called Acheri, based on a native American legend about a “spirit of death and sickness” that resembles a thin little girl. She tempts the village kids to come and play with her, and they’re only safe if they wear her favorite color, red. Below are some early concepts, as well as the fleshed out sketches for 3D, and then the model as it stands so far. It still has a long way to go, but I’m totally proud that I was able to model anything recognizable at all. Here’s to learning 3D! 🙂

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